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Newsletter 32

Friday 28 May

Notices and Reminders

"I did not come to be served, but to serve." Matthew 20.28

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Year 6 Reflective Leaders, Father Joe and 4RP. Our theme this week has been 'Pentecost: the birthday of the Church.' We've reflected on the fact that in addition to being a building, the word 'church' also means a community of people who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. We've learned how over two thousand years ago, after Jesus had gone to be with Father God in heaven, the first churches began to be created. This was because Jesus' followers went out to tell others about him. Groups of believers started to meet together to worship God. 

We've shared our ideas on how our school community serves others and Fr Joe reminded us of the values known as the fruit of the spirit. 

This half term, three year groups have been honing their design technology skills: Year 3 children have been designing and making Moving Monsters using pneumatic systems. In Year 4, the children have studied Adinkra (symbols from Ghana that represent concepts). They have designed their own symbols and represented these in tapestry. Year 5 children have also been sewing and have made pencil cases. In Year 6, the children have been studying form and landscapes using watercolours. 

School Council
Our school councillors for this term have been inspired by the Wildlife Trust's 'Go Wild in June' campaign. They are encouraging their peers to do 'random acts of wildness' throughout June and are kick starting the project with a photography challenge!

All children are invited to take a photograph (or two) of the natural world ie flowers, bugs, leaves, trees, landscapes - whatever they like! It could be a close-up or a photo taken from an unusual angle.

Children (and staff!) have half term to Go Wild with a camera and bring photos into school in the first week back (w/c 7  June) or email them in to the following address: gowild@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk

House Points
The children have been working very hard this half term and earned many house points in recognition of their efforts. Congratulations to the children in Pankhurst and Mandela who have earned 1352 house points respectively.

Acts of Kindness
Congratulations to Ava in Year 4 and her puppy, Biscuit, who have both been walking 99km come rain or shine, raising an amazing £200 all for Dogs Trust 'Walk 99K for Canines.'

DSPL8 News
Dacorum Family Services have announced the next set of dates and sessions for the CREATE-Covid Response programme. These sessions will be running after half term starting on Tuesday 8 June. The theme for the first session is school attendance and transition, with 1 hour Zoom sessions running at 10am and 6.30pm. Click here for further details. 

Attendance is vitally important in making sure the children make progress and we would like to congratulate pupils in 6SW (best class); Year 4 (best year group); and Malala (best house) for their excellent attendance during the month of May. Year 3 has the best attendance to date this academic year.

School lunch accounts
Following on from our request in April the school is still carrying a large lunch debt that we are unable to maintain. Please make sure if your child has school lunches that their account is in credit. Failure to maintain credit may result in you being asked to provide packed lunches for your child. If you are experiencing financial difficulties then please contact the school office.

Wraparound Care Breakfast Club
We are offering a reduced rate for Monday and Friday breakfast club sessions in the summer term, reduced from £10 to just £5 per session. Breakfast club starts at 7.30am, children are provided breakfast and escorted to their classes in time for registration. Bookings can be made in Wisepay as usual. 

Music lessons
We are now able to offer flute lessons if you think your child may be interested they can be arranged via Herts Music Service.


Stars of the week


3KD - Elka and Kaya - for showing a mature approach to the first aid unit in PSHE and sharing when they might need first aid.

3NH - Thea - for writing an excellent chapter for the wordless book, Quest. Thea used some beautiful vocabulary and created great suspense. 

3SB - Izzy and Atlas - for their incredible descriptive writing.

3SG - Max - for working hard at writing his chapter in English; he made great choices of adjectives and improved his sentence openers by adding fronted adverbials.

4FG - Ella - for being extremely well behaved and consistently producing top quality work.

4RD - Emily - for the fantastic work she has been doing in Maths and English.

4RP - Joseph - for always putting 100% effort into everything he does and for being a fantastic role model within the class. 

5CT -  All of 5CT (and Mr McDermott) - for their hard work and effort this half term, we hope they enjoyed their well-earned break. Also, a special Star of the Week to Mr McDermott for his fantastic support and being a great member of the team.

5DH - Alana - for her performance as one of the witches in Macbeth.

5JR - Darcy  for approaching all lessons with enthusiasm and contributing to class discussions.

5KS - Summer - for always trying her best and being helpful in the classroom.

6RM - William - for trying hard in every Maths lesson to challenge himself and to up level his English by checking and editing 3 spellings each lesson. He is always very helpful in class. 

6SW - Calum- for being an enthusiastic and kind member of the class and for always being able to make Miss Walker laugh.

6TS - Liliana - for her relentless commitment to showing compassion towards all creatures, great or small and for sharing her interests and hobbies with everyone. 

6WT - Calebfor adding extra creativity into his independent writing. 



Mr Halls, Mrs Demarco, Ellie B, Jagoda, Klara, Melody, Katy G, Summer P, Aniya and Jennifer who all celebrated their birthday this week.

During the half term holiday, Mila, Dolly, Jarvis, Caitlin, Anton, Poppy, Joni, Penelope, Remi, Eliza, Charlie RG and Mrs Wardle will celebrate their birthdays.



A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 31 May - Fri 4 June - Half term
  • Mon 7 June - 5DH & 5JR Go Ape
  • Tues 8 June - 5CT & 5KS Go Ape
  • Mon 14 - Fri 18 June - Y6 activity week
  • 17 June - Clean Air Day

Information sent out this week

This week we sent out/are attaching these letters, emails and flyers; letters are also available here:

  • Hertfordshire County Council - Covid 19 Guidance update.

This week at St Peter's

Little Fishes Toddlers group meets on Fridays during term time 9.30 - 11.00. The group hopes to meet again after half term, but help is needed to check people in and to clean down surfaces. If you can spare some time to help on the rota please contact the churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk